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Make your desk a destination

Most weeks, I spend about as many waking hours at work as I do at home. I took three solid months decorating my house, but was in my cube for two years before I so much as tacked up a photo. Spending 40 hours of your life in a windowless office or a gray-walled cubicle isn't anyone's idea of style, but there are ways to spruce up your space without breaking the bank -- or your company's HR policies. >More
 Fashion Conscious in Madison: Context

Context's new studio is an echoing, cavernous space on Madison's near east side used for photo shoots, shipping and receiving, and apparently interviews with alt weekly journalists. The ceilings are sky high, and the decor is minimalist. I feel more like I'm in a trendy Manhattan loft than a renovated warehouse in a midsize Midwestern city. >More
 Miss Madison promotes 'intellectual health'

You may think beauty pageants are all glitter and gowns, but for Miss America hopefuls, big scholarship money is on the line. Our own Miss Wisconsin was crowned Miss America just last month, which means every local toddler in a tiara has her eye on the prize. >More
 The reign of Joel DeSpain

I'll admit: I was afraid to interview Joel DeSpain. When I asked to interview the public information officer, writer of the immensely popular Madison police blotter, I might as well have been asking to interview Jon Bon Jovi. What if I asked dumb questions? What if I sounded immature? Worst of all: What if he wasn't how I expected him to be? >More
 Yuletide in Madison: This holiday season, give yourself the gift of live entertainment

Nights are getting longer, trees are getting barer and mall-goers are getting acquainted with the 734th version of "Little Drummer Boy." It's that magical time of year when families gather 'round the hearth, children ring around the tree and I consume my weight in eggnog. Do you hear what I hear? >More
 Halloween revelers in Madison have options besides Freakfest

Like New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, and the annual festival of anxiety and self-doubt known as your birthday, Halloween is a night for getting drunk and reflecting upon the unfortunate choices you have made in your life. Can't fit into last year's sexy Scott Walker costume? Maybe it's time to lay off the Bit-O-Honeys. Dateless for your coworker's costume party? Maybe you shouldn't have dumped the only man who ever loved you. >More
 A woman ages into unhappiness in Madison Theatre Guild's Three Tall Women

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, which won the playwright his third Pulitzer Prize, is really a story of one tall woman -- a hateful, paranoid bigot made bearable, in the Madison Theatre Guild production, by Sarah Whelan's strong performance and the occasional comic moment. The character is based on Albee's mother, and after completing this review, I plan to send him a card expressing sympathy for his parental misfortune. >More
 After hours: From games to booze to pole dancing, there's evening fun for every taste

Fall is a special time. We stumble, as if in a daze, toward the red and yellow blaze of the sugar maples; the smoky-sweet scent of a fireplace, aglow in a cozy hearth; the distant but unmistakable call of the Jager bird. "Jager! Jager! Jager!" Laden with pumpkins fresh from the patch and a case of Four Loko, we make our way through the swarm of red sweatshirts and the throng of Uggs, wondering how it got so loud all of a sudden. Fall is a time of endings, a time of beginnings, a time perhaps of slipping in the puddle of a 19-year-old's puke. >More
 What creativity looks like: Art of the Wisconsin solidarity movement

In February, Madison playwright Doug Reed was assigned the summer slot at Broom Street Theater. He had a new script in the works. But all his free time was spent at the protests that were engulfing the city, so he wasn't getting any writing done. It occurred to him that perhaps these separate activities should become one. >More
 Middleton Players Theatre's Chicago is a big dose of razzle-dazzle

As the lights dim on the Middleton Performing Arts Center's proscenium stage, a flickering projector eases us back a few decades to the 1920s, with lively music and clips of flappers doing the Charleston. When the film reel ends, the lights rise on dancers in classic Bob Fosse silhouette, and suddenly we are in Chicago. >More
 Broom Street's The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker is smart, funny and moving

I loathe shrill, preachy political theater, especially when the shrilling and preaching are being done on the side I agree with. But a friend assured me she'd seen playwright Doug Reed's previous work, and if anyone could pull off a Broom Street Theater take on the political events that rocked Wisconsin earlier this year, it would be him. >More
 The seven deadly sins of fun: Madison nightlife satisfies every taste in deviltry

The list has evolved over time with new sins added as others fell away, but for the past 15 centuries, the big seven have remained the same: lust, wrath, greed, gluttony, pride, sloth and envy. Sounds to me like a standard Friday night. >More
 The seven deadly sins of fun: Lust

Lust: perhaps the most famous of the sins, the most reviled and the most revered. If you're looking to indulge in a little lust, try the delicious local burlesque troupe Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies. >More
 The seven deadly sins of fun: Wrath

Now we come to wrath, the sin the Lord's soul detesteth. I detesteth it pretty strongly myself. I avoid sports arenas, death metal shows and any other place where wrath reigns king. I'm a pacifist at heart and, frankly, kind of a coward. >More
 The seven deadly sins of fun: Greed

When I think of greed, I think of King Midas and his fatal touch, Scrooge McDuck swimming in his vat of gold coins. No one wants to be thought of as greedy, but all it takes is a family game of Monopoly to reveal our inner Ebenezer. >More
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